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The End of the Line

How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat

by Charles Clover

The End of the Line
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    Nov 2006, 384 pages
    Mar 2008, 396 pages

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  • Today, the British know the North Sea as muddy and cold. It's always been cold, but evidence suggests that it wasn't always muddy. Just 100 years ago there were vast oyster beds up to 120 miles long in many areas of this shallow sea, but they were all fished out before WWII. Over-fishing removed the oysters and the hard substrate of shells that formed the sea base leaving a muddy base - thus both increasing the sediment and removing the useful bivalves that stabilized the sediment by consuming it as food.
  • Using beam trawling, it takes 16 lbs of dead marine animals to produce 1 lb of sole out of the North ...

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